Have hope, spring approaches. Earth is beginning the regenerative cycle of spring and every living thing feels the native confidence to create. Snow squalls with rainbows, crocuses that dare to bloom, and the sounds of birds on a sunny morning signal the vernal change in Maine. The fresh white ground and ice beautifully catch the light, though we’ve all had about enough of northern winter and it’s time for a little cabin-fever reliever. Before the weather moderates, early March is a good time to plan and take a personal inventory of resources and needs for the growing season ahead. It is also a good time to retreat and reflect on our inner creative power, our strongest belief and greatest hope. March is celebrated as Spiritual Wellness Month, and like many sacred traditions, this is a time to affirm faith and commit to being our best.
Here is a positive way to express what affirms your creative spirit. Find some blank cards, index or art paper will do. Write and/or illustrate the vibrant ideas and emotions that strengthen and inspire you. These can be quotes, bits of ancient wisdom, lines of faith, poetry, healing phrases, things your mother said, or just pictures. Use words, symbols, imagery, and your favorite materials to make Creative Affirmations for Well-being. When we create a physical manifestation of what is important to us in life, it can be an artful reminder of what we hope to be and become.
With a wishful heart, leave your winter den to shift into meteorological spring and join volunteer artists at the Art HOPE Creative Affirmations for Living Well community event at the York Public Library on Tuesday, March 4th from 4:00 to 6:30 pm, located at 15 Longs Sands Road in York, Maine. Uplift yourself and others at the drop-in studio with art cards that affirm health and well-being. We are making the colorful wellness cards for cancer patients at York Hospital Oncology Care and the artworks will be showcased in the Art HOPE Gallery online. Participants can make, take or give art cards with the support of local student volunteers as part of the Art HOPE Youth Service in Healthcare Program sponsored by a grant from the Bingham Program, a Charitable Endowment of Tufts Medical Center. The wonderful art card “Have Hope” that brings this blog to life, was painted by a talented student volunteer. Our project is a work-in-progress with the goal of creating a series of printed cards that will be available at the cancer center and at York Hospital’s upcoming celebration for National Cancer Survivor’s Day on June 1st. This free expressive arts program is made possible by a grant from the York Hospital Breast Cancer Living Well Fund. Check out our event calendar for details and we hope to see you there.
Our faith in action gives us wings to fly and be our best creative self. Art is a beautiful way to celebrate spiritual wellness that affirms our strongest belief and greatest hope.